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Occult Businesses Must Obtain Permits

Fortunetellers and other occult-related businesses will need permits to operate in Westminster, the City Council has decided.

In 1997, police began investigating fortunetelling services advertised in Vietnamese-language newspapers. According to city reports, officers found that many were operating from homes without any business permits.

In addition, officials said, several prospective operators of such businesses have asked about setting up shop in the city.

Officials said the council’s action adds occult businesses to those requiring conditional use permits to operate, giving the city more oversight.

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The businesses affected include: fortunetelling, astrology, card reading, channeling, clairvoyance, hypnotism, necromancy, palmistry and spirit photography.


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